Blackpool is top for council housing at awards ceremony

Housing chiefs in Blackpool are celebrating after winning key awards in recognition of work to provide quality homes for residents in the town.

By Shelagh Parkinson
Friday, 20th May 2022, 10:41 am

Blackpool Council was named Council of the Year at the Northern Housing Awards while Blackpool Coastal Housing (BCH), which manages the council housing stock, won accolades for its approach to diversity and employee wellbeing.

It follows on from being named best council at the UK Housing Awards in November.

Council leader Coun Lynn Williams said: "We pride ourselves on using every available tool to make housing work in Blackpool.

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New council houses are being built at Troutbeck Crescent - picture by Martin Bostock

"We’ve created an award winning housing company, with the housing strategy and homelessness functions at the centre of the council.

“Due to the lack of available land to build on, our focus is on place making and regeneration, utilising our companies to find the best way to increase the number of suitable and affordable homes for our residents.

“In order to improve the lives of our residents we must improve the quality of the accommodation in which they live – everyone has the basic right to live in decent quality homes."

Current projects include construction of 75 new council houses at Troutbeck Crescent on Mereside, while work began in December to build 121 houses on two sites at Grange Park.

BCH was also shortlisted in the categories of Best Initiative for Tackling Homelessness and Resident Support/Advice Programme of the Year.

BCH chief executive John Donnellon said: “Over the past few years BCH has sought to become more innovative and collaborative in trying to deliver our vision of ‘inspiring people to build better communities’.

"Being shortlisted for four separate awards and winning two is an excellent achievement. We’re proud of the fantastic contributions from our customers and partners in helping to build strong and sustainable communities.”

Blackpool Housing Company was shortlisted in the category of Best Private Development for the transformation that has taken place in a number of properties on Kirby Road.